Heritage Winter Wheats
and 'new landraces'*
The Heritage Grain Conservancy is
a farmers' cooperative to collect, conserve and restore delicious
world heritage grains on the verge of extinction. Our
varieties are available in small amounts to multiply and restore.
We manage a community seedbank of hundreds of rare varieties.
Members are invited to work with us to help grow-out and evaluate
our collection. Contact Eli for individualized support to procure
wheats of special interest for artisan products. Contact Eli - email@example.com
*'New Landraces - Please read prior to purchase: We trial and cross the best with the best landraces to create 'new landraces' selected for local adaptability, diesease resistance, flavor and climate resilience. Purchase or use of our 'new landraces' is a legal agreement of honor to credit the Heritage Grain Conservancy in writing in any use, and to contribute the standard 10% of your gross profit given to plant breeders, that will be dedicated to our conservation work. In this way we can continue our work for your benefit. It is a circle of giving and receiving that overcomes the patent laws that constrict seed-exchanges, by protecting farmer-breeder rights with honor, in a way that promotes community seed systems and biodiversity. Contact Eli for details.
Grow a diversity of world landrace wheats. Conduct research with a Noah's Ark of Biodiversity. Bulk Orders and special requests welcome.
Heritage Wheat Catalogue
'EAT IT TO SAVE IT' Purchase or use of our seeds is an agreement to credit HGC as the source of your seed. If HGC's seeds are commercially marketed, you agree to provide HGC 10% of gross, according to the Seed Treaty, article 9 <planttreaty.org>. All funds are used to restore and conserve almost-extinct landrace wheat.
Delicious Black Winter Emmer thrives in drought and moist
weather. Versatile emmer is savored in soups,
for a hearty breakfast cereal,or cook like
rice. High in nutrition, one cup provides 24 grams of protein. Recipes
robust, high yielding 'new landrace' winter wheat.
Vavilov reported: 'Ukrainka is reknowned for excellent baking quality and wide adaptability'
* Rogosa cross of Ukrainka x Bankuti
Rouge de Bordeaux
beloved by French artisan bakers,
high yield, delicious 'new landrace'
* Rogosa cross of Banatka x Mironstaja x Bezostaja for hearty peasant breads and high yield
Caucasus Mountains with French Landrace
farmers grow mixtures. This allows nature
and farmers to co-evolve a locally-adapted landrace.
research confirms that wheat mixtures tend to yield
higher and have richer, complex flavor. Plant each seed 12" apart in deep-dug well-fertilized soil. Plant a low-growing clover
or spread mulch between wheats to suppress spring weeds. Heritage
wheats are at least twice as tall with a larger root system than
modern wheats. Save the seeds from the robust plants that best
thrive in your unique soil and micro-climate. Plant a resilient wheat polyculture
that can better adapt to your unique fields and local weather. Exchange seed with
your neighbors to build a community wheat supply.
'Looking at the field of ripening
grain, Vavilov realized it was not a uniform wheat cultivar,
but a panoply of intermixed strains of grain that formed a resilient
polyculture. It was necessary to collect hundreds of seedheads
for a representative sample of the vast biodiversity in a single
field...The traditional farmers' methods of crop selection enhance
landrace wheats' biodiversity; Their criteria of complex traits
include: flavor, texture, health, maturation and more.' Where Our Food Comes From. Gary Nabhan p. 139
Elite landrace winter wheat mixture of: French Canaan
Rouge and Ancient Ukrainian Poltavka
Poltavka was collected in 1915 at the site of ruins of an ancient cereal goddess temple in Poltavka.
Canaan Rouge* is a exquisite 'new landrace' selected/crossed by Eli Rogosa in Canaan, Maine. This is a mixture of our two most delicious landraces.
Pleases specify if you only want only one variety or both: Poltavka or *Canaan Rouge
Plant a BIBLICAL GRAIN Garden
Plant a biodiversity sanctuary of ancient Eretz
Israeli grains collected by Eli Rogosa with Israeli
and Palestinian genebank cooperation
These are the authentic
ancient grains used for matzah and bread in ancient Israel, known as
'chametz' on Passover. Click to learn more.
Emmer (T. dicoccon),
known as 'farro' in Europe, was the wheat of Ancient Egypt, used
for the original matzah, and in the early years of Biblical Israel.
Emmer was found in the Jericho cave where Bar Kokhba rebels hid
from the Romans in 135 CE Emmer is being rediscovered as a gourmet grain
due to its rich flavor and high nutrition. Our organic emmer
is grown in the US from an ancient Ethiopian variety brought
to Israel by Ethiopean Jews.
Sephardic Emmer Recipes
from the Mediterranean Kitchen